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Luxury Japan and South Korea with Tokyo Stay

Luxury Japan and South Korea with Tokyo Stay

13th Oct 25, 17 nights - Asia, East Asia, Japan, South Korea
Celebrity Millennium
  • BOOK NOW FOR JUST £199PP DEPOSIT!
  • NEW LUXURY - ALL INCLUDED DRINKS & WIFI!
  • Includes 3 Night Hotel Stay In Tokyo, Japan
from £2,699 pp
Including flight
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Luxury Japan and South Korea with Tokyo Stay

Luxury Japan and South Korea with Tokyo Stay

12th Mar 26, 17 nights - Asia, East Asia, Japan, South Korea
Celebrity Millennium
  • BOOK NOW FOR JUST £199PP DEPOSIT!
  • NEW LUXURY - ALL INCLUDED DRINKS & WIFI!
  • Includes 3 Night Tokyo Hotel Stay
from £3,099 pp
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Celebrity Millennium 13  Yokohama (Tokyo)-Yokohama (Tokyo)

Celebrity Millennium 13 Yokohama (Tokyo)-Yokohama (Tokyo)

24th Mar 26, 17 nights - Asia, East Asia, Japan, South Korea
Celebrity Millennium
  • BOOK NOW FOR JUST £199PP DEPOSIT!
  • NEW LUXURY - ALL INCLUDED DRINKS & WIFI!
  • Includes 3 Night Hotel Stay In Tokyo, Japan
from £3,599 pp
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Luxury Japan and South Korea with Tokyo Stay

Luxury Japan and South Korea with Tokyo Stay

1st Oct 25, 17 nights - Asia, East Asia, Japan, South Korea
Celebrity Millennium
  • BOOK NOW FOR JUST £199PP DEPOSIT!
  • Includes 3 Night Hotel Stay In Tokyo, Japan
  • NEW LUXURY - ALL INCLUDED DRINKS & WIFI!
from £2,699 pp
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Asia from Yokohama (Tokyo) with the Celebrity Millennium

Asia from Yokohama (Tokyo) with the Celebrity Millennium

31st Aug 24, 12 nights - Asia, East Asia, Japan, South Korea
Celebrity Millennium
  • Traditional Italian steakhouse 'Tuscan Grille'
  • Revitalising and relaxing 'Canyon Ranch SpaClub'
  • Outstanding personal service
from £1,426 pp
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Asia from Yokohama (Tokyo) with the Celebrity Millennium

Asia from Yokohama (Tokyo) with the Celebrity Millennium

7th Aug 24, 12 nights - Asia, East Asia, Japan, South Korea
Celebrity Millennium
  • Traditional Italian steakhouse 'Tuscan Grille'
  • Revitalising and relaxing 'Canyon Ranch SpaClub'
  • Outstanding personal service
from £1,879 pp
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Japan's Spring Blossoms, Mount Fuji & South Korea

Japan's Spring Blossoms, Mount Fuji & South Korea

24th Mar 26, 17 nights - Asia, East Asia, Japan, South Korea
Celebrity Millennium
  • Includes 3Nt Mt Fuji & Bullet Train Tour Escorted Tou
  • NEW LUXURY - ALL INCLUDED DRINKS & WIFI!
  • BOOK NOW FOR JUST £249PP DEPOSIT!
from £4,299 pp
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Mt Fuji, Bullet Train & Luxury All Inclusive Japan & South Korea Cruising

Mt Fuji, Bullet Train & Luxury All Inclusive Japan & South Korea Cruising

1st Oct 25, 17 nights - Asia, East Asia, Japan, South Korea
Celebrity Millennium
  • Experience the Amazing Bullet Train
  • Traditional Italian steakhouse 'Tuscan Grille'
  • Revitalising and relaxing 'Canyon Ranch SpaClub'
from £3,399 pp
Including flight
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Asia from Yokohama (Tokyo) with the Celebrity Millennium

Asia from Yokohama (Tokyo) with the Celebrity Millennium

26th May 25, 12 nights - Asia, East Asia, Japan, South Korea
Celebrity Millennium
  • Traditional Italian steakhouse 'Tuscan Grille'
  • Revitalising and relaxing 'Canyon Ranch SpaClub'
  • Outstanding personal service
Reduced up to -7%
from £1,408 pp
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Asia from Yokohama (Tokyo) with the Celebrity Millennium

Asia from Yokohama (Tokyo) with the Celebrity Millennium

13th Jul 25, 12 nights - Asia, East Asia, Japan, South Korea
Celebrity Millennium
  • Traditional Italian steakhouse 'Tuscan Grille'
  • Revitalising and relaxing 'Canyon Ranch SpaClub'
  • Outstanding personal service
from £1,263 pp
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Asia from Yokohama (Tokyo) with the Celebrity Millennium

Asia from Yokohama (Tokyo) with the Celebrity Millennium

2nd May 25, 12 nights - Asia, East Asia, Japan, South Korea
Celebrity Millennium
  • Traditional Italian steakhouse 'Tuscan Grille'
  • Revitalising and relaxing 'Canyon Ranch SpaClub'
  • Outstanding personal service
from £1,688 pp
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Asia from Yokohama (Tokyo) with the Celebrity Millennium

Asia from Yokohama (Tokyo) with the Celebrity Millennium

14th May 25, 12 nights - Asia, East Asia, Japan, South Korea
Celebrity Millennium
  • Traditional Italian steakhouse 'Tuscan Grille'
  • Revitalising and relaxing 'Canyon Ranch SpaClub'
  • Outstanding personal service
Reduced up to -12%
from £1,959 pp
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Asia from Yokohama (Tokyo) with the Celebrity Millennium

Asia from Yokohama (Tokyo) with the Celebrity Millennium

19th Jun 25, 12 nights - Asia, East Asia, Japan, South Korea
Celebrity Millennium
  • Traditional Italian steakhouse 'Tuscan Grille'
  • Revitalising and relaxing 'Canyon Ranch SpaClub'
  • Outstanding personal service
Reduced up to -13%
from £1,101 pp
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Asia from Yokohama (Tokyo) with the Celebrity Millennium

Asia from Yokohama (Tokyo) with the Celebrity Millennium

18th Aug 25, 12 nights - Asia, East Asia, Japan, South Korea
Celebrity Millennium
  • Traditional Italian steakhouse 'Tuscan Grille'
  • Revitalising and relaxing 'Canyon Ranch SpaClub'
  • Outstanding personal service
Reduced up to -9%
from £1,098 pp
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Asia from Yokohama (Tokyo) with the Celebrity Millennium

Asia from Yokohama (Tokyo) with the Celebrity Millennium

25th Jul 25, 12 nights - Asia, East Asia, Japan, South Korea
Celebrity Millennium
  • Traditional Italian steakhouse 'Tuscan Grille'
  • Revitalising and relaxing 'Canyon Ranch SpaClub'
  • Outstanding personal service
Reduced up to -9%
from £1,382 pp
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Japan Cruises
Known for its captivating history, deep-rooted traditions, and exquisite cuisine, Japan is a destination that offers an unparalleled travel experience. Our cruises to Japan provide guests with the perfect opportunity to explore the country's fascinating blend of ancient and modern cultures while indulging in the finest amenities and personalised services on board. Our carefully curated itineraries will ensure that every explorer returns home with memories to cherish for a lifetime.
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Harbours for Japan

Yokohama (Tokyo), Japan
Yokohama (Tokyo), Japan
-50%
from£533
Yokohama (Tokyo) Cruises
Nagasaki, Japan
Nagasaki, Japan
-48%
from£404
Nagasaki Cruises
Shimizu, Japan
Shimizu, Japan
-50%
from£1,098
Shimizu Cruises
Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo, Japan
-50%
from£210
Tokyo Cruises
Hiroshima, Japan
Hiroshima, Japan
-50%
from£1,098
Hiroshima Cruises
Kagoshima, Japan
Kagoshima, Japan
-49%
from£469
Kagoshima Cruises
Kochi, Japan
Kochi, Japan
-49%
from£1,098
Kōchi Cruises
Kobe, Japan
Kobe, Japan
-50%
from£599
Kobe Cruises
Hakodate, Japan
Hakodate, Japan
-49%
from£666
Hakodate Cruises
Ishigaki, Japan
Ishigaki, Japan
-50%
from£312
Ishigaki Cruises
Okinawa, Japan
Okinawa, Japan
-25%
from£324
Okinawa Cruises
Aomori, Japan
Aomori, Japan
-43%
from£533
Aomori Cruises

Travel Tips for Japan Cruises

History & culture

A cruise to Japan offers a unique and immersive experience of the country’s rich history and culture, with excursions to magnificent temples, tranquil gardens, and bustling cities that tell the story of Japan’s evolution over the centuries. As you traverse the islands, you will encounter ancient castles, awe-inspiring shrines, and traditional geisha districts, as well as the iconic sights of Kyoto and Hiroshima, each reflecting a different era in the nation’s timeline. Engage in hands-on experiences like tea ceremonies, calligraphy workshops, and kimono dress-up sessions, providing a deeper understanding of Japan’s fascinating customs and traditions.

Food & drink

Japan is renowned for its mouth-watering cuisine, and a cruise to this culinary paradise offers you the chance to indulge in authentic and diverse gastronomic experiences. From the freshest sushi and sashimi to the heartwarming flavours of ramen and tempura, your palate will embark on an unforgettable journey. Savour the delicate taste of Kaiseki, a traditional multi-course Japanese meal, and learn the art of making your own sushi at onboard workshops. Our cruises also cater to beverage connoisseurs, with opportunities to taste sake at local breweries, sample regional craft beers, and enjoy Japanese whiskey-tasting sessions.

Featured Japan Destinations to visit

Tokyo

As the vibrant and modern capital of Japan, Tokyo effortlessly blends cutting-edge technology with ancient traditions. Explore the city’s diverse neighbourhoods, each with its distinct charm, from the bustling shopping district of Shibuya to the serene and historic Asakusa. Visit the tranquil Meiji Shrine and the stunning Sensoji Temple, or lose yourself in the sensory overload of the Tsukiji Fish Market. For panoramic views of the sprawling metropolis, head to the iconic Tokyo Skytree or the Tokyo Tower, both offering unforgettable vistas.

Kyoto

Often referred to as the cultural heart of Japan, Kyoto is a must-visit destination for travellers seeking a glimpse into the country’s rich heritage. This ancient capital is home to over 1,600 temples, 400 Shinto shrines, and 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites. Stroll through the enchanting Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, marvel at the Golden Pavilion of Kinkaku-ji, and experience the serenity of the Ryoan-ji Zen garden. Be sure to visit the historic Gion district, where you might catch a glimpse of geishas gracefully navigating the narrow, lantern-lit streets.

Nagasaki

Nagasaki, a city with a complex history, showcases a unique blend of Japanese, Chinese, and Dutch influences. Wander through the charming streets of Dejima, a former Dutch trading post that once served as Japan’s sole point of contact with the outside world during its period of isolation. Visit the powerful Nagasaki Peace Park and Atomic Bomb Museum, bearing witness to the city’s tragic past and its dedication to promoting peace. Don’t miss the chance to explore the stunning Glover Garden, an open-air museum featuring beautifully preserved Western-style mansions that offer panoramic views over Nagasaki’s picturesque harbour.

What not to miss in a cruise to Japan

Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto

The Fushimi Inari Shrine is a visually stunning and iconic attraction, famous for its winding paths adorned with thousands of vermilion torii gates. Dedicated to Inari, the Shinto god of rice and prosperity, this mesmerizing shrine offers a unique experience as you ascend Mount Inari through the Torii gate tunnels, flanked by dense forests and occasional glimpses of Kyoto’s cityscape

Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima Island, Hiroshima

Located on the enchanting island of Miyajima, Itsukushima Shrine is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of Japan’s most revered Shinto shrines. The shrine’s iconic “floating” torii gate appears to rise majestically from the sea, offering a breathtaking scene during high tide. Established in the 6th century, Itsukushima Shrine features a unique architectural design that seamlessly integrates with the island’s natural beauty, providing an unforgettable experience for visitors.

Hirosaki Castle, Aomori

Hirosaki Castle, situated in the northern prefecture of Aomori, is a beautifully preserved example of Japanese feudal architecture. Surrounded by impressive stone walls and a picturesque moat, the castle is nestled within the expansive Hirosaki Park, which is renowned for its stunning cherry blossoms in spring. The castle’s three-story keep, dating back to 1611, houses a fascinating collection of samurai artefacts and offers panoramic views of the surrounding park and city.

Tips for cruising to Japan

Currency considerations

When cruising to Japan, it’s essential to familiarize yourself with the local currency, the Japanese Yen (JPY). While credit cards are widely accepted in major cities, cash is still the preferred method of payment in many smaller establishments and rural areas. It’s advisable to carry sufficient cash, especially for transportation, shopping at local markets, and dining at smaller restaurants. You can exchange your currency at airports, banks, and designated exchange counters, but be aware that ATMs in Japan may not accept foreign cards. Make sure to check the compatibility of your card with the Japanese ATM network before your trip.
Tipping is not customary in Japan, and it can even be considered impolite. Instead, excellent service is expected and included in the price. If you feel the need to express gratitude for exceptional service, a small gift or souvenir from your home country can be a thoughtful alternative.

Customs and traditions to be aware of 

Japan has a deep-rooted culture with unique customs and traditions that every traveller should respect. It’s crucial to be mindful of these cultural nuances to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience:

  • Bowing: The Japanese bow as a form of greeting, expressing gratitude, or apologizing. It’s polite to reciprocate with a bow when greeted or thanked.
  • Shoes: When entering a Japanese home, temple, or traditional restaurant, it’s customary to remove your shoes and wear the slippers provided.
  • Eating and Drinking: Avoid walking while eating or drinking in public, as it’s considered impolite.
  • Public Baths and Hot Springs: When visiting an onsen (hot spring) or public bath, ensure that you follow the etiquette, such as washing your body before entering the communal bath and not bringing towels into the water.

Making the most use of short durations in port

To maximize your time in port and explore Japan’s remarkable destinations, plan your day in advance and prioritize the attractions you want to visit. Research local transportation options, such as trains, buses, or taxis, and be aware of travel times between sites. Consider joining a guided shore excursion offered by your cruise line, as these tours are tailored to fit the ship’s schedule and often include priority access to popular attractions, ensuring you make the most of your limited time.

Transport

Japan boasts an extensive and efficient public transportation network, including trains, subways, buses, and taxis. The train system, particularly the high-speed Shinkansen (bullet train), offers a convenient and comfortable way to travel between cities. To save on transportation costs, consider purchasing a Japan Rail Pass, which covers most train lines and is available exclusively to foreign tourists. When travelling within a city, subways and buses are often the most practical and economical options. Taxis are widely available but can be more expensive. To avoid any confusion, have your destination’s address written in Japanese to show your taxi driver.

FAQs about cruising to Japan

We have put together the following FAQs. We hope that you will be able to find an answer to your question below, but if you require further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact our customer service team

When is the best time to cruise to Japan?

The best time to cruise to Japan largely depends on your interests and preferences. Spring (March to May) is a popular time to visit, as it offers pleasant temperatures and the chance to witness the cherry blossoms. Autumn (September to November) is another excellent choice, with comfortable weather and vibrant fall foliage. While summer (June to August) can be hot and humid, it also features numerous festivals and events. Winter (December to February) is generally cold but offers unique experiences, such as skiing and snowboarding, as well as fewer tourists.

Is English widely spoken in Japan?

​ While English is spoken in major tourist areas, it’s useful to learn a few basic Japanese phrases to help you navigate your way through Japan. Simple greetings, such as “Konnichiwa” (hello) and “Arigatou” (thank you), can go a long way in making your interactions with locals more enjoyable. Additionally, having a translation app or a pocket phrasebook can be helpful when communicating in more rural areas.

Can I smoke in public places in Japan?

Smoking regulations in Japan vary by city and region. In general, smoking is prohibited in many indoor public spaces, including restaurants, cafes, and public transportation. Some establishments offer designated smoking areas, while others may be entirely smoke-free. In recent years, several cities have also introduced outdoor smoking bans in busy areas. It’s essential to be aware of local regulations and respect the designated smoking areas.

What Japanese dishes you absolutely must-try on a cruise to Japan?

During your cruise to Japan, make sure to indulge in authentic sushi and sashimi, hearty ramen, savory okonomiyaki, delicate tempura, smoky yakitori, versatile udon and soba noodles, and the exquisite multi-course kaiseki meal. These iconic dishes will provide you with an authentic taste of Japanese cuisine, showcasing the country’s culinary artistry, seasonal ingredients, and diverse flavors.

Expert Tips for Cruising Japan

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To maximize your time in port and explore Japan’s remarkable destinations, plan your day in advance and prioritize the attractions you want to visit. Research local transportation options, such as trains, buses, or taxis, and be aware of travel times between sites. Consider joining a guided shore excursion offered by your cruise line, as these tours are tailored to fit the ship’s schedule and often include priority access to popular attractions, ensuring you make the most of your limited time.

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